Fabio Capello confident on Wayne Rooney Form

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney remains an important part of the international team, according to former manager Fabio Capello.

The recent form of the striker has led to doubts about his importance within the squad. Even though he still remains the official captain, there have been signs of discontent within the national team about his inability to score goals in important matters. Roy Hodgson has been put forward the question of dropping Rooney for the upcoming Euro 2016. If it happens, it would be the first time Rooney misses a major international tournament for reasons other than injury since the Euro 2004.

Capello had a lot of belief in Rooney but then he was scoring a lot back then. The former Russian national team boss believes that the United striker has such an immense amount of experience that he will be invaluable to the team ever when he is not at his best. A return of just 11 goals from 35 appearances at club level has been a major factor in Rooney’s position being questioned. However, he has not been playing as a central striker in all of the games for United. Capello says that the role of Rooney has changed in recent years, as the 30-year-old is capable of playing in a number of positions. Continue reading Fabio Capello confident on Wayne Rooney Form

Roy Hodgson claimed that John Terry may be the ideal partner for Chris Smalling

Roy Hodgson claimed that former captain and defender John Terry may be the ideal partner for Chris Smalling.

Terry retired from international duty in 2012 after he claimed to have not been given enough support from the English FA in the incident involving Anton Ferdinand. The latter claimed that Terry racially abused him during a match between Chelsea and QPR. The English FA punished the defender with some stringent measures, but he was not found guilty of racial abuse by a court of law. Quoting the latter, Terry said that the English FA had been extremely tough with him and retired from international duty immediately.

Terry later said that he has not regretted the decision to quit the national team, as it has allowed him to focus on his club career more. He has been able to stay fit for Chelsea even at 35. Rio Ferdinand played with the England national team well into his 30s and he had to retire at this age. Terry, meanwhile, is expected to carry on playing at the top level for a couple of years. Continue reading Roy Hodgson claimed that John Terry may be the ideal partner for Chris Smalling

Joe Hart may get Replaced with Younger Players in Club soon

Manchester City and England number one goalkeeper Joe Hart has not been in the best of form for the last couple of years.

This has led to speculation that England manager Roy Hodgson may consider some of the younger alternatives like Jack Butland or Fraser Forster. After all, the former Liverpool boss has brought in a number of young players into the first team since the disappointing World Cup 2014. Replacing Hart would be a major decision since the 28-year-old has been the stable first choice since Paul Robinson’s decline in the last five years.

England tried out a number of goalkeepers like Scott Carson and Ben Foster before settling on Hart. He has so far been able to repay his faith without contributing in spectacular fashion. Hence, Hodgson does not see the need to change the goalkeeper prior to such a major tournament. After winning 10 out of the 10 qualifying matches, England are in great shape going into the tournament. They further cemented their position as one of the rising forces by getting a 3-2 win against world champions Germany in a friendly game. The national team will be hoping to produce another good performance when they entertain Netherlands on Tuesday night. Continue reading Joe Hart may get Replaced with Younger Players in Club soon

Roy Hodgson is expected to step up his preparations for the Euro 2016

England boss Roy Hodgson is expected to step up his preparations for the Euro 2016 by calling up around 40 players who are expected to be involved in the preliminary squad. Around 30 players will be travelling with an extensive staff for the Euro 2016.

However, the manager will take a look at around 40 players before trimming down his options. The players are expected to be called up for action at the training base in Burton. This meeting is going to be a discussion for the upcoming major event. Hodgson is expected to convey his ideas to the team about matters like objectives and playing style.

It has been reported that Hodgson may convey the upcoming tournament while also looking at the recent international friendlies against France and Spain. While the friendly against France ended in positive fashion with a 2-0 win, the friendly against a confidence less Spain was rather disappointing. England were defeated 2-0 and will be hoping to avoid such poor results at the tournament itself. There are a number of strong favourites and dark horses to win the Euro 2016. Despite their strong performance in the qualification rounds, England are not considered as potential challengers for the title. Getting past the quarter-finals will be seen as a successful tournament for starters. Continue reading Roy Hodgson is expected to step up his preparations for the Euro 2016

England recently learned about their opponents in the Euro 2016

England recently learned about their opponents in the Euro 2016 group stages after being paired up alongside the likes of Wales, Slovakia, and Russia. The game between Wales and England will be the most anticipated encounter. Manager Roy Hodgson revealed that he is satisfied with the outcome of the draw. He expects an intense competition with Wales, who are one of the arch rivals. Wales have done extremely well in the last 12 months under the regime of Chris Coleman. Qualifying for such a major competition was itself seen as a huge achievement, but Coleman says that there’s more to come from the team.

Russia have been true turmoil in recent times, but they are expected to be competitive as well. The same can also be said about Slovakia. The major advantage for Hodgson in terms of the games against Wales is that most of the opposition players currently ply their trade in England and in the Premier League. This gives him a great opportunity to study their strengths and weaknesses. Just like England, Wales were also one of the top teams in the group stages. Hodgson is fighting for his future despite reports that England FA are considering offering him a new contract to the former Liverpool manager. Continue reading England recently learned about their opponents in the Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson has warned Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge

Roy Hodgson has warned Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge that he cannot expect to walk straight back into the team after a long spell on the sidelines.

The England boss has been criticised for providing international caps for a number of players during their Euro 2016 qualification campaign. He has already used more than 30 players in this qualification campaign, which has seen England become extremely successful. One player who has missed a major chunk is striker Sturridge, who recently returned to action for Liverpool. The 26-year-old has played in only three league matches so far.

As a result, other players may question the reason behind including the 26-year-old. Other players like Andy Carroll and Harry Kane have made a name for themselves during this period. Sturridge has been recalled to the Liverpool team without any doubt, as he remains one of the key centre forwards in the Merseyside outfit. It is a totally different case with the England national team. Especially given that the team has completed qualification for Euro 2016, Hodgson is likely to experiment with a few players in order to be completely ready for the major tournament. He Sturridge must start scoring goals in order to prove himself that he is ready once again. Continue reading Roy Hodgson has warned Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge

England reaching the Euro 2016 may be a foregone conclusion

England reaching the Euro 2016 may be a foregone conclusion due to the team’s impeccable form in the qualification campaign.

However, former Liverpool midfielder JonjoShelveyhas revealed that manager Roy Hodgson has asked the players to step up their game. This is likely to be a response from the manager after seeing his team perform well in qualification campaigns only to disappoint in the actual tournaments. England have been very poor in the Euro 2012 and World Cup 2014 – two tournaments that Hodgson was in charge. The upcoming Euro 2016 is widely believed to be Hodgson’s last opportunity to impress as a national team manager.

Even though the former Liverpool and West Brom manager has stated that he would love to remain in charge of the national team until the next World Cup, poor form is unlikely to see the England FA continue with him in the job. One of the big challenges for Hodgson will be to provide quick experience of a major tournament to the young guns within the England squad. They include the likes ofJonjoShelvey, who has made a major impact after making a permanent move to Swansea. He may be seen as the permanent successor to the injury prone Jack Wilshere at international level. Continue reading England reaching the Euro 2016 may be a foregone conclusion

Tottenham forward Harry Kane recently made his debut for the England senior team

Tottenham forward Harry Kane recently made his debut for the England senior team and marked it with a goal. He has been regarded as the next big thing to lead the England line-up.

However,Kane took the strange decision of joining up with the England under 21 team even after making his senior debut. Apart from potentially causing a burnout in the summer,Kane is also risky his place in the senior team. It could be taken up by strikers like Berahino and Charlie Austin, who have had excellent campaigns themselves. Kane was close in the running for the PFA player of the year award after having scored 30 goals in all competitions.

Kane’s goal tally is mightily impressive considering that he had not been a first-team regular at Tottenham until midway through the first half of the campaign. England under 21 manager Gareth Southgate says that he has seen a lot of promise from the young Tottenham forward, who he expects to thrive at the European under 21 Championships. One of the primary reasons forKane to join up with the U21 team is to complete the job that started with his goals. England are taking a very promising team to take part in the U21 championships. Continue reading Tottenham forward Harry Kane recently made his debut for the England senior team

England could only manage a 1-1 draw with Italy

England could only manage a 1-1 draw with Italy. This match was seen as a big test for the team that had won every match since the World Cup 2014.

Up until now, they have not faced any serious competition apart from the Switzerland team. A victory would have made Hodgson extremely happy as the team had won the last seven matches, but it was not to be. Southampton forward Pelle give the home team the lead within half an hour and it took England a long time to get back into the match through a goal from Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.

One of positives from the match was the impact made by Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who came on as substitute for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott after just 55 minutes. As he played almost the entire second half, Barkley was able to provide a major impact on the pitch. Hodgson admitted that the first half was not really the best, as England failed to get control of the match. Striker Wayne Rooney also admitted that it was the case and that the players were extremely disappointed after the first 45 minutes. The second half was much better and England deserved the equaliser. The team will be facing Republic of Ireland in a friendly match in June. Continue reading England could only manage a 1-1 draw with Italy

Roy Hodgson getting Praised after Changing England Team

England boss Roy Hodgson has been getting a lot of praise for the way he has been able to reduce the age of the England team and still get results.

Since the early exit from the World Cup 2014, England have been on a winning streak and this has been achieved even after the inclusion of several young names to the squad. The team has been going through on a positive note, but Hodgson says that it will not be before 2022 that this current team achieves the peak. The recent run of form has raised expectations ahead of the World Cup 2018.

More importantly, England will be one of the favourites – on this form – for the Euro 2016. The next match is a qualifier against Lithuania in March.

This will be followed by friendlies in the summer and it will provide Hodgson with an opportunity to take a look at new players like Charlie Austin and Harry Kane. A number of experienced stars like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, and Ashley Cole have left the national team in the last 12 months. However, Hodgson has been able to seamlessly replace them with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley, and Phil Jones. Continue reading Roy Hodgson getting Praised after Changing England Team